Dallas Downriver Club

Moonlight Floats in Trinity Park Fort Worth

Date: October 19th, 2013 Sponsor: DDRC
River: Trinity River, Fort Worth Trip Leader: Dale Harris
Reach: IH 30 at University (Trinity Park) Phone: 972-814-2633
Difficulty: Flatwater - no rapids * (See scale below) E-mail: dale_harris@sbcglobal.net
Rendezvous: IH 30 at University (Trinity Park), 6:30 PM

Rendezvous:  Trinity River Park – off of University Dr in Fort Worth.  Please drive through the Park and look for the DDRC Banner

Trip Description: Meet at Trinity Park at 5:30pm. Join us for a pot luck dinner. On the water by 7pm.   Paddle downstream around Fort Worth and return by 9pm (+/-). 

Gear requirements: Basic items; life jacket, canoe or kayak, water, bug repellant, lawn chairs. You will need a light for your boat.  I typically use one of those solar lawn lights.  Don’t forget to charge it during the day.

Meals: Bring a dish to share. We will eat dinner at Trinity Park before getting on the water.

Back-up Plans: In case of foul weather or flooding there are no back-up plans.  The trip will be cancelled – be sure to check the DDRC WEB page and Meetup.

Driving Directions: from Dallas or Plano take I-30 going west to University Dr.  Go North on University and turn right into the park.  We will use one of the 4 -5 picnic areas so you’ll have to drive though the park to find us.  We will most likely be on River Drive or Trinity Park Drive.  Look for our banner and folks with canoes and kayaks.


Trinity Park (Fort Worth) map

* International Scale of River Difficulty

Class I: Easy. Fast moving water with riffles and small waves. Few obstructions, all obvious and easily missed with little training. Risk to swimmers is slight, self-rescue is easy.

Class II: Novice. Straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels which are evident without scouting. Occasional maneuvering may be required, but rocks and medium sized waves are easily missed by trained paddlers. Swimmers are seldom injured and group assistance, while helpful, is seldom needed.

Class III: Intermediate. Rapids with moderate, irregular waves which may be difficult to avoid and which can swamp an open canoe. Complex maneuvers in fast current and good boat control in tight passages or around ledges are often required; large waves or strainers may be present but are easily avoided. Strong eddies and powerful current effects can be found, particularly on large-volume rivers. Scouting is advisable for inexperienced parties. Injuries while swimming are rare; self-rescue is usually easy but group assistance may be required to avoid long swims.

Class IV: Advanced. Intense, powerful but predictable rapids requiring precise boat handling in turbulent water. Depending on the character of the river, it may feature large, unavoidable waves and holes or constricted passages demanding fast maneuvers under pressure. A fast, reliable eddy turn may be needed to initiate maneuvers, scout rapids, or rest. Rapids may require "must" moves above dangerous hazards. Scouting is necessary the first time down. Risk of injury to swimmers is moderate to high, and water conditions may make self-rescue difficult. Group assistance for rescue is often essential but requires practiced skills. A strong eskimo roll is highly recommended.

Class V: Expert. Extremely long, obstructed, or very violent rapids which expose a paddler to above average endangerment. Drops may contain large, unavoidable waves and holes or steep, congested chutes with complex, demanding routes. Rapids may continue for long distances between pools, demanding a high level of fitness. What eddies exist may be small, turbulent, or difficult to reach. At the high end of the scale, several of these factors may be combined. Scouting is mandatory but often difficult. Swims are dangerous, and rescue is difficult even for experts. A very reliable eskimo roll, proper equipment, extensive experience, and practiced rescue skills are essential for survival.

Class VI: Extreme. One grade more difficult than Class V. These runs often exemplify the extremes of difficulty, unpredictability and danger. The consequences of errors are very severe and rescue may be impossible. For teams of experts only, at favorable water levels, after close personal inspection and taking all precautions. This class does not represent drops thought to be unrunnable, but may include rapids which are only occasionally run.

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